Driven by the ever-increasing broadband speed upgrades rendered by cable companies in 2014, shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, according to Infonetics Research's latest quarterly report.
Shipments were especially strong in North America, rising 139 percent.
Amid this race to upgrade networks to DOCSIS 3.0 capabilities, sales of cable modem termination systems (CMTS), converged cable access platforms (CCAP), edge QAM and coaxial media converters (CMC) increased 27 percent to $1.7 billion in 2014.
Arris captured 48 percent of the cable broadband market in 2014, while Casa Systems enjoyed record revenue with a 195 percent increase over 2013.
"Cisco had one of its most disappointing years for CCAP/CMTS sales," the report added.
"The continued growth of DOCSIS channel shipments is a strong sign of multiple system operators' (MSOs') ongoing investment to ramp DOCSIS bandwidth and services like IP video by splitting optical nodes and reducing service group sizes via CCAP," said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.
"We look for the upward trend in channels on CCAP and CMTS platforms to continue to grow as operators prepare their networks for DOCSIS 3.1 and remote physical (R PHY) architectures, though the growth will come principally from CCAP products," Heynen said.
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